As far as reputations go, Northeast Alberta Street's got the lock on "funky." Like it or not, lots of the shops and restaurants along this boulevard fit the bill-including Thai Noon. The approach to Thai cuisine is as reliably perky and colorful (try the peppered garlic dish with beef for a taste of guilt-free heaven, $6-$7.95) as the walls and decor here. A recent dip into this town's nightlife wading pool introduced Alberta-philes to the Mai Thai Lounge, home of enticing-and, dare we say it, funky-cocktails like the Thai Nooner ($4.50). (KBC)